Mississippi State’s Will Clark won the Golden Spikes Award in 1985 as college baseball’s best player. He was a six-time All-Star in Major League Baseball.
When researching LSU-Mississippi State history, you’re just as likely to run across its baseball teams — on both sides — from the early 1980s through the 1990s as its football series even though the Tigers and Bulldogs have played on the gridiron 105 times.
Mississippi State’s football team hasn’t beaten LSU since 1999 and hasn’t won in Baton Rouge since 1991. However, the Bulldogs hadn’t been 7-0 since 1999 either and they accomplished that feat this year.
But they’ll face an angry Tiger squad, in the middle of the Bayou night, after last week’s last-minute loss to Alabama. As ESPN reminded us so many times last week, Les Miles’ led teams have now only lost twice under the lights in Tiger Stadium — and both of those were to the #1 ranked team in the country (Florida ’09, Alabama ’12). State sits 20 spots below that lofty perch at #21, coming off blowout losses to Alabama and Texas A&M, and kickoff is 7 pm EST. Good luck, Bulldogs.
LSU has won 19 of its last 20 games against State.
I like Les. I really do. And of course, sometimes you can win and still be a dummy. — Steve Spurrier
He’s one of those guys you enjoy seeing at the SEC meetings. — Les Miles
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LSU has won its past two games against Florida — 33-29 in 2010 and 41-11 last year — and both featured classic mad hatter style from Les Miles. A fake field goal and run by kicker Josh Jasper in 2010 kept LSU’s game-winning drive alive and a fake punt in 2011 for a touchdown was called back for an unsportsmanlike taunting penalty on LSU’s punter Brad Wing before he scored.
Washington head coach Steve Sarkisian isn’t so sure… (Credit: Stephen Dunn, Getty Images)
- LSU leads the all-time series with Washington 2-0.
- 1983: LSU 40, Washington 14 (Baton Rouge)
- 2009: LSU 31, Washington 23 (Seattle)
- Washington is 2-9 all-time against current members of the SEC.
- LSU is 21-4 all-time against current members of the Pac-12, with the last loss coming in 1979 to USC.
- Under Les Miles, LSU is 28-0 against out-of-conference opponents in the regular season.
- LSU hasn’t lost in Death Valley in almost three years.
- LSU has won its last 22 games in September.
- LSU is favored by 24 points Saturday.
But LSU head coach Les Miles loves ’em! (Credit: Dave Martin, AP)
LSU hosts Washington at 7 pm EDT Saturday night on the Bayou.